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Communication and Aging
Creative Approaches to Improving the Quality of Life

Linda S. Carozza
319 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"
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Communication and Aging: Creative Approaches to Improving the Quality of Life provides an overview of alternative approaches used to improve the quality of life of individuals with long-term chronic communication diseases associated with aging and neurogenic diseases. This text examines how professionals can inspire and develop programs that allow patients to live successfully with their disorders.

Key features include:

  • Detailed descriptions of successful therapeutic modalities (such as art, music and drama) and the ability of patients and families to participate and benefit
  • Real-life examples of programs that combine nondirective strategies with outcome measure assessment
  • Discussion of social models and contrast theories of medical models of patient rehabilitation
  • Examination of the effect of social integration on patient quality of life and wellness

Communication and Aging is a source for innovative therapeutic planning and is ideal for professionals seeking to stretch the boundaries of support to patients who may have maximized private pay and directive therapy options.


  • Susan J. Behrens, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (October 2015):
    "...This contributed volume offers the reader the expertise from a range of professionals in the communication field. It is timely: Our population is aging, and so is the rise in cases of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other age-related disorders. The book presents the treatment of communicative conditions associated with aging not only in an inter-professional way, emphasizing teamwork, but in a holistic way. That is, we do not see isolated impairments but quality of life concerns for the individual and his/her loved ones. As we are rightly told, the aim is adding life to the years, not just years to life. The book also offers information to a range of readers: those in the aging population, their family, friends and caregivers, as well as the students in communication sciences and disorders and the active practitioner. We all need to better understand the process of aging, what is normal and what are the signs of disease, what treatments are available, and how the field can continue to improve by focusing on the quality of life for all involved..."

Part I.
Chapter 1. Introduction

Tanya Budilovskaya

Chapter 2. Perspectives on Communication and Aging

Noel Shafi and Linda S. Carozza

Chapter 3. Cognitive Changes in Aging: Implications for Discourse Processing

Tricia Olea Santos

Chapter 4. The Effect of Aging and Neurogenic Conditions on Speech Production: Recent Advances

Linda S. Carozza

Chapter 5. Language Comprehension and Production in Dementia and Aphasia

Linda S. Carozza

Chapter 6. Hearing and Aging

Abbey L. Berg and Yula C. Serpanos

Chapter 7. Swallowing Functions Across the Lifespan

Matina Balou

Chapter 8. Social Language Enhancement in Dementia and Aphasia

Linda S. Carozza with contribution by Noel Shafi

Part II.
Chapter 9. Psychosocial and Creative Approaches to Dementia Care

Lauren Volkmer

Chapter 10. Creating the Climate for Contact and Positive Change in the Social Adult Day Program Setting: An Interview with Elizabeth Hartowicz, Director of CARE Program at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Elizabeth Hartowicz

Chapter 11. Color My Words: How Art Therapy Creates New Pathways of Communication

Raquel Chapin Stephenson

Chapter 12. Music Therapy in Neurologic Dysfunction to Address Self-Expression, Language, and Communication: The Impact of Group Singing on Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

Joanne V. Loewy, Jamee Ard, and Naoko Mizutani

About The Author

Linda S. Carozza

Linda Carozza, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Founding Director of the MS program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Pace University in New York City, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center. She has authored several books, numerous articles and is a frequent invited speaker. Her research and practice is in adult neurogenic communication disorders.

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